2007 October Minutes

Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 31, 2007

In attendance: Donata Delulio, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, and Joseph Presslitz.
Absent: Lora Merrill and William Cheng.

Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 29, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors request that the Town of Groton amend Section 7.3-5 A.2. of the Zoning Regulations as follows:

2. Real Estate
a. Signs advertising the sale, rental, or lease of the premises or part of the premises on which the signs are displayed. Such signs shall be removed no later than 14 days of the sale, rental, or lease. Maximum total area for RS, R, and RU districts shall be 6 sq. ft.; IA and IP districts shall be 48 sq. ft.

b. Open House Signs: Up to four temporary signs, each sign limited to six square feet, are permitted at locations other than the property having the Open House. Such signs are permitted one hour before the period of the open house and must be removed one hour after the open house is terminated.

The meeting adjourned at 9:57 A.M.
The next meeting will be on November 28, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
October 16, 2007

In attendance: Frank Busch, Andrew Cellemme, Masha Robarts, and Lucien Laliberty.
Absent: John Bolduc, Toby Griffis, Alan Messier, Stuart Norman, Thomas Sheldon and Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the September 18, 2007 meeting with the change that the Remedy Clause depicted as Article 8 be changed to Article 18

It was agreed to form a Sub-Committee comprised of ECAR members and affiliates experienced in Commercial sales to draft a Purchase & Sale for Commercial properties for review.

Andrew Cellemme volunteered to prepare a draft Addendum for review to comply with PA 99-246.

The committee agreed to revise the first sentence in the ON-SITE SEWAGE SYSTEM CLAUSE as follows:
"This agreement is contingent upon the Buyer obtaining a written report regarding the on-site sewage system from a qualified sewage inspector on or before ___________ (completion date)."

so that the clause now reads as follows:

E. ON-SITE SEWAGE SYSTEM CLAUSE – (See remedy clause below)

This agreement is contingent upon the Buyer obtaining a written report regarding the on-site sewage system from a qualified sewage inspector on or before ___________ (completion date).

1. The ________________ shall select the qualified sewage inspector.
2. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of digging, exposing the on-site sewage system cover and refilling the excavation.
3. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of pumping the on-site sewage system.
4. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of inspecting the on-site sewage system.

If the inspection report is unsatisfactory to the Buyer, the Buyer will provide written notice per the Remedy Clause.

The committee continued to work on the Purchase & Sale Agreement remedy clause.

The meeting adjourned at 10:45 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 20, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Frank Busch, Committee Chairman


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
October 18, 2007

 

In attendance: John Vincent, Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Merry Cassabria, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Robert Kimball, Alvin Kinsall, Marilyn Lusher, Lora Merrill, Samantha Storey, and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Ruth Butler, Debra Chamberlain, Adam Mancini, Rachael Sposato, and Janifer Zacharski.

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 10:26 A.M.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which contained the following items:
Approval of the minutes of the September 20, 2007 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the September, 2007 Financial Statements subject to audit.
CORRESPONDENCE:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to appoint Andrew Cellemme as Corporate Agent for the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:32 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on November 29, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary

 

In attendance: Donata Delulio, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, and Joseph Presslitz.
Absent: Lora Merrill and William Cheng.

Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 29, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors request that the Town of Groton amend Section 7.3-5 A.2. of the Zoning Regulations as follows:

2. Real Estate
a. Signs advertising the sale, rental, or lease of the premises or part of the premises on which the signs are displayed. Such signs shall be removed no later than 14 days of the sale, rental, or lease. Maximum total area for RS, R, and RU districts shall be 6 sq. ft.; IA and IP districts shall be 48 sq. ft.

b. Open House Signs: Up to four temporary signs, each sign limited to six square feet, are permitted at locations other than the property having the Open House. Such signs are permitted one hour before the period of the open house and must be removed one hour after the open house is terminated.

The meeting adjourned at 9:57 A.M.
The next meeting will be on November 28, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
October 16, 2007

In attendance: Frank Busch, Andrew Cellemme, Masha Robarts, and Lucien Laliberty.
Absent: John Bolduc, Toby Griffis, Alan Messier, Stuart Norman, Thomas Sheldon and Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the September 18, 2007 meeting with the change that the Remedy Clause depicted as Article 8 be changed to Article 18

It was agreed to form a Sub-Committee comprised of ECAR members and affiliates experienced in Commercial sales to draft a Purchase & Sale for Commercial properties for review.

Andrew Cellemme volunteered to prepare a draft Addendum for review to comply with PA 99-246.

The committee agreed to revise the first sentence in the ON-SITE SEWAGE SYSTEM CLAUSE as follows:
"This agreement is contingent upon the Buyer obtaining a written report regarding the on-site sewage system from a qualified sewage inspector on or before ___________ (completion date)."

so that the clause now reads as follows:

E. ON-SITE SEWAGE SYSTEM CLAUSE – (See remedy clause below)

This agreement is contingent upon the Buyer obtaining a written report regarding the on-site sewage system from a qualified sewage inspector on or before ___________ (completion date).

1. The ________________ shall select the qualified sewage inspector.
2. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of digging, exposing the on-site sewage system cover and refilling the excavation.
3. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of pumping the on-site sewage system.
4. The ________________ shall be responsible for the cost of inspecting the on-site sewage system.

If the inspection report is unsatisfactory to the Buyer, the Buyer will provide written notice per the Remedy Clause.

The committee continued to work on the Purchase & Sale Agreement remedy clause.

The meeting adjourned at 10:45 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 20, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Frank Busch, Committee Chairman


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
October 18, 2007

In attendance: John Vincent, Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Merry Cassabria, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Robert Kimball, Alvin Kinsall, Marilyn Lusher, Lora Merrill, Samantha Storey, and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Ruth Butler, Debra Chamberlain, Adam Mancini, Rachael Sposato, and Janifer Zacharski.

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which included:

Approval the minutes of the September 20, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the September 2007 Financial Statements subject to audit.

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agencies, members and Affiliate members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Licia Sas as Chairman of the Facilities Planning Task Force with regret.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve Gail Whitney as Chairman of the Facilities Planning Task Force. Gail Whitney abstained.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Merry Cassabria as a CAR Director for 2008. Merry Cassabria abstained.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to sunset the Electronic Data Display Task Force and to thank those who served.

It was moved, seconded and carried to affirm the Board of Directors commitment to adhere to the Antitrust policy contained in the ECAR Policy Manual.

Board members agreed to complete and return the Board Evaluation to the Executive Vice President before the next meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to adopt the Board of Directors Code of Conduct and to require members to annually sign and submit the document to the Executive Vice President.

It was moved, seconded and carried to appoint Andrew Cellemme as Corporate Agent for the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add the following ECAR values to the 2007-8 ECAR Strategic Plan.

RESPONSIVE: Rapid response to members needs and the changing real estate environment.

INNOVATIVE: Improvement of products and processes and development of creative and effective ideas to meet the needs of our present and future members.

TRUSTWORTHY: The confidence to delegate to the Staff the responsibility and authority to do their jobs.

MEMBER FOCUSED: Reviewing and analyzing all activities and efforts of the association and justifying how these efforts are for the members.

Fully cognizant that REALTORS® are the client and mindful of that in conducting business and developing programs.

Reviewing and analyzing all activities and efforts of the Association and justifying how these efforts are for the benefit of the members.

PROFESSIONAL: Conducts business with the highest standards and with integrity

ETHICAL: Honesty in dealing with others and ourselves. Individual principles that respect the views of others.

LEADERSHIP: Enthusiasm for and commitment to our shared vision and mission. Identifying and setting new directions.

ACTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF PROPERTY OWNERS: Charting legislative and community activities for impact on Real Property Owners.
ENGAGING: Reaching out to the membership through leadership (BOD, Committee Chairs, etc.) for greater involvement.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:16 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 29, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 15, 2007

In attendance: Bruce Brast, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Merry Cassabria, William Cheng, and Sal Costanza.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Donald Burbank, Vanessa Evans, and David Ronick.

Bruce Brast called the meeting to order at 11:01 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 17, 2007 meeting.

The committee met with Tricia Cunningham, President of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce to discuss ways that ECAR can assist Chambers members in international real estate.

The committee agreed to accept the Member Service Committee’s request to develop an international program for the November 13, 2008 Membership meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:26 A.M.

The next meeting will be November 5, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 15, 2007

In attendance: Alvin Kinsall, John Bolduc, Robert Kimball, Norm Krayem, and Adam Mancini.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Linda Davis, Thomas Switz, and John Vincent.

Al Kinsall called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 17, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the September 30, 2007 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the September 30, 2007 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the September 30, 2007 ECRIS Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

The meeting adjourned at 10:26 A.M.

The next meeting will on November 5, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 14, 2007

In attendance: Vivian Torregrossa, Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Carol Christiansen, Sharon Craig, Dennis Palmer and Lisa Royea.
Absent: Bruce Brast, Jerome King, Helen Madsen, Jon Peck, and Donna Yother.

Vivian Torregrossa called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the September 14, 2007 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the following 2008 meeting schedule:It was moved, seconded and carried to have the following door prizes at the 2008 Membership Meetings:

Full page ad in Home Review, ½ page ad in Home Review, and a $50 gift card, in addition to the $500/$250/$100 drawing.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Community Relations Committee develop a 60 second radio ad for the sale of raffle tickets for the Community Benefit Raffle.

The meeting adjourned at 11:12 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 9, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 12, 2007

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, and Lena Schriever.
Absent: Joseph Grimmett and Peter Provost.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 14, 2007 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:58 A.M.
The next meeting will be on November 9, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 11, 2007

In attendance: Gail Whitney, John Bolduc, Peter Guille, Richard Mancini, Jon Peck, John Vincent, and.
Absent: Eric Greenstein and Glenn Parker.

Acting Chairman Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 12:00 Noon.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 27, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the Executive Vice President to expend $21,200 for the construction documents phase with CME Architecture, Inc.
The Task Force met with Lyn Smith of CME Architecture, Inc. to review the second revision of the preliminary building plans.

The meeting adjourned at 1:40 P.M.
The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
October 4, 2007

In attendance: Nancy Gordon, Fran Waite, Ronald Bates, Don Burbank, Anne Burtch, Joan Clark, Heather Edge, Brad Favreau, Marjorie Gatheral, Al Kinsall, Evelyn Lyons, Kathryn O’Leary, Joanne Pendleton, Candace Porter Edward Siciliano.
Absent: Andrew Cellemme, Paul Ciccone, Randall Conradi, Kip Davis, Christian Driscoll, Patricia Erricson, Stephanie Gosselin, Nicholas Gumprecht, Martin Hart, Robert Kimball, Martha Parrette-Pray, Doryann Plante, Masha Robarts, Ann Stewart, Katherine Swenson, Camille Taylor, Robert Taylor, Valerie Votto.

Nancy Gordon called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 6, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to submit "New Construction" for approval to the Real Estate Commission.

It was moved, seconded and carried to offer the seminar "Building Your Real Estate Technology Tool Kit I" with Linda Davis.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 A.M.
Next Meeting: November 1, 2007

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary,Education Coordinator


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
October 2, 2007

In attendance: Marilyn Lusher, Susan Barnhouser, Carol Christiansen, Cynthia Hellman, Elizabeth Mioducki, Cathy Newlin, Kathryn O’Leary, and Samantha Storey
Absent: Lori Cataldi, Bethany Cote, Tisha Ladia, Judy Rowley, Martha Parrette-Pray, Susan Sampson, and Donna Yother.

Chairman Marilyn Lusher called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2007 meeting.

The committee agreed that Carol Christiansen will do "online shopping" for prizes.

The committee agreed to meet on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. to shop for prizes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to send the letter to the donation recipients as is, asking for their help in the sale of the raffle tickets.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:45 P.M.

The next meeting will be on November 8, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. immediately following the membership meeting at the Holiday Inn, Laura Blvd, Norwich, CT.

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 2, 2007

In attendance: Paul Higgins, John Bolduc, Marvin Elbaum, Lucien Laliberty, Pamela Ognisty,Thomas Sheldon, Daniel Sperduto, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Frank Busch, Eric Greenstein, Adam Mancini, Lisa Rapose, and Masha Robarts,.

Paul Higgins called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that CTMLS add the report formats designed by Lucien LaLiberty to the available report format for use by ECAR Service Center members with a virtual tour link to be added to the reports if possible.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add 5 CVS stores to the Home Review distribution through Distributech at a cost of $100 per month.

It was moved, seconded and carried to institute a monthly Click-2-ECAR email that focuses on the web site.

The committee agreed to analyze the design and structure of the association web site at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.
The next meeting will be held on November 6, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President